“It’s All About Jesus”
From cover to cover, every book in the Bible presents Jesus to us.
In Genesis Jesus is the Creator, the seed of the woman, as the star that will rise out of Jacob, and the lion of Judah.
· We see Him in the lamb offered by Abel.
· We see Him In the ark that saved Noah and his family.
In Exodus, he is the Passover Lamb.
· The tabernacle is a powerful picture of Christ and His ministry.
· He is seen in the Shechinal glory cloud, in the manna and in the river rock.
In Leviticus, we see Him in the offering and as the Great High Priest.
· He is seen in all of the annual fests.
In Numbers, He is seen in the red heifer, in the serpent on the pole, in the parable of Balaam and in the cities of refuge.
In Deuteronomy, Christ is the prophet like to Moses.
In Joshua, He is the Captain of our salvation.
In Judges, He is the deliverer of his own.
In Ruth, He is the kinsman redeemer.
In Samuel, He is the ark and the rejected king who is at last brought to the throne.
In 1 & 2 Kings and Chronicles, He reigns as Solomon in splendor and glory.
In Ezra, He is the ready scribe.
In Nehemiah He is seen in every gate.
In Esther, He is the one who saved His people.
He is seen in most of the Psalms:
· In Psalm 1, He is the blessed man.
· He is the Son in Psalm 2.
· He is the Shepherd in Psalm 23.
· He is the suffering Savior in Psalm 22 & 69.
· He is the King of Glory in Psalm 24.
· In Psalm 8, He is the perfect man.
· In Psalm 45, He is the mighty God.
In Proverbs, He is incarnate wisdom.
In Song of Solomon, He is the Shepherd who won the Shulamites heart and who triumphs over all the blandishments of the world.
Isaiah portrays Him as the Lamb, led to the slaughter.
· In Isaiah 63, He is the One who treads in the winepress.
· He is the glorious Messiah of a hundred hopes.
Jeremiah presents our Lord as the great sufferer and the Lord our righteousness.
In Lamentations, He is the One acquainted with grief.
In Ezekiel, He sits on the throne.
In Daniel, He is the One cut off and the stone cut without hands.
In Hosea, He is the forgiving, long-suffering husband and David’s far greater king.
In Joel, He pours out His Spirit on all flesh.
In Amos, He stands on the altar, sifts the house of Israel and brings in millennial blessing at last
In Obadiah, He ushers in the dreaded “day” of the Lord” and stands on Mt. Zion.
In Jonah, our Lord is prefigured in His death, burial and resurrection.
In Micah, He is the One to be born in Bethlehem, and the One who will bring millennial blessing to all mankind. He is also the great Shepherd and the One who pardons inequity.
In Nahum, He is the great avenger before whom the mountains quake but is a stronghold and refuge to His own.
In Habakkuk, He is the Holy One of Israel and His people’s strength and song.
In Zephaniah, He brings in kingdom blessing.
In Haggai, He builds again the Temple of the Lord and shakes the nations.
· He is also the chosen of the Lord.
In Zechariah our Lord brings in the Apocalypse.
· He is the Great High Priest.
· He pours out the Spirit of the Lord upon men.
· He is the headstone of the corner.
· He is the great judge.
· He rides into Jerusalem on a colt.
· He is sold for the price of a slave.
· He opens a fountain for uncleanness in Jerusalem.
· He is the branch.
· He is the coming King of kings.
In Malachi, His coming is heralded by a forerunner and He is the sun of righteousness.
As we come to the New Testament —
Matthew portrays our Lord as the King of the Jews.
Mark sets Jesus before us as the servant of Jehovah.
Luke describes Him as the Son of Man.
John portrays Him as the Son of God.
In Acts, He is the ascended head of the church.
In Romans, He is our righteousness.
In Corinthians, He is the firstfruits from the dead.
In Galatians, He is the end of the Law.
In Ephesians He is all in all to His church:
· The foundation for the building,
· Head of the body,
· Bridegroom of our hearts.
In Philippians, He is in the form of God and the One who supplies all our needs.
In Colossians, He is the Creator, Sustainer and Owner of the universe.
· He is preeminent overall.
In 1 Thessalonians, He comes again for His church.
In 2 Thessalonians, He comes to judge the world.
In 1 Timothy, He is the one Mediator between God and man.
In 2 Timothy, He is the judge of the living and the dead.
In Hebrews He is the great antitype of all types.
· Son · Priest · Sacrifice · Heir · He is greater than Aaron or Melchizedek.
· He is greater than Moses or Joshua.
· He is greater than the angels.
· He is both the Son of God and the Son of Man.
In James, Jesus is the Lord of Sabbath.
· He is the One who heals.
In 1 Peter, He is our inheritance and the shepherd of our souls.
In 2 Peter, He is the One from the excellent glory.
In 1 John, He is the incarnate Word.
In 2 John, He is the One who prospers our souls.
In 3 John, He is the One for whose name’s sake the gospel goes forth.
In Jude, He is the preserver, the only Lord God, the only wise God, our Savior, glorious in majesty.
In Revelation, He is the Lamb and the Lion.
· He is the King, who is soon to come, who even now upholds all things by the power of His word.
· He is the One who stands astride all the factors and forces of space and time.
· He binds all things to His sovereign will.
I thank the Lord for Dr. John Phillips, who for many years was associated with Moody Bible Institute in various capacities. I love his scholarship on many fronts. The information you find in this meditation was gleaned for His own study and research. I hope you are a blessed as I am to realize the Bible is God’s Word and it is all about Jesus, from cover to cover.
For His glory,